Art Hive provides a creative outlet for UVic students

art_hive_logoLooking for a safe place on campus to have fun and express yourself creatively ? The UVic Art Hive is a brand new campus resource available to any curious mind who wants to use art as an outlet in a positive environment. This organization, funded by the Student Mental Health Grant Initiative, provides students with a free drop-in wellness space that reinforces that sense of community we may be missing.

libby oliver, one of Art Hive’s coordinators, says Art Hive “aims to be an inclusive, open and positive wellness space that utilizes the benefits of art to build campus community,” and “is open to absolutely everyone — regardless of their artistic experience. It’s a positive community space that is meant to share, explore and create.”

Events are held every Wednesday afternoon at 3–7 p.m. in the MacLaurin building in room A195 — and it is highly recommended for anyone and everyone. We all know that university life can be stressful, so sometimes it’s difficult to remember to take a step back from it all and relax. Throughout campus, we seem to be constantly defined by our faculties and other categories that eventually grow to define us. Trying different activities and getting involved is an amazing way to meet new people; maybe you’ll even make some discoveries about yourself.  By taking part in artistic endeavors, we are allowing ourselves to indulge in a little escape within our busy and fast-paced lifestyles.

The Art Hive project operates under a multi-disciplinary system, with people such as Mike Emme and Tim Black contributing on behalf of Art Education and Counselling Psychology, respectively. Student volunteers are also involved with assisting students and contribute to the laid-back atmosphere. Although an art facilitator will always be available to lead students through activities, it is ultimately up to a person to work on anything they desire. This level of freedom ensures everyone feels comfortable and included, no matter what their situation and background may be. This program ensures that there is something achievable for all, no experience necessary.

Supplies are provided for whatever activity is practiced on a particular day. Every week is guaranteed to be a different experience, but just as equally as enjoyable. Next time Wednesday evening rolls around and you find yourself wondering what to do, break out from your ordinary routine and try out some crafts. You can drop by whenever your schedule permits and you don’t have to stay for the entire four hours either — no sign up or obligations are involved in wanting to try something new. You are welcome to bring along as many friends as you like or none if you’re looking for some time away to just create. Get excited and come out to see just what the Art Hive has to offer you!

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